His latest outrage, over the Lord's Resistance Army, proves once again that he has no shame. Perhaps the only recourse is shaming the people who elevate him.
Is it useful to object when Rush Limbaugh says something particularly odious on the radio, where he is one of the most successful and influential broadcasters alive? Or does reacting to his screeds have the perverse effect of empowering him? In the past, I've ignored him at times, but more often I've spoken up. I've drawn attention to Limbaugh's shameful habit of falsely accusing people of racism, the way he compromises his craft to ingratiate himself to powerful Republicans, and his habit of deliberately inflaming the racial anxieties of his audience by lying to them.
Today the Internet is once again asking itself, "Has Rush Limbaugh finally gone too far?" It's a reaction to a statement he made about the Lord's Resistance Army, "a notorious renegade group that has terrorized villagers in at least four countries with marauding bands that kill, rape, maim and kidnap with impunity." President Obama has sent American troops to help stop the outlaws. It's perfectly defensible to wonder, as I do, whether we ought to be intervening militarily in yet another country. (I'd say no.) But that wasn't Limbaugh's controversial objection. Consistent with the item on his website, "Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians," Limbaugh told his substantial audience that the president is sending 100 American troops "to wipe out Christians."